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15:35 Aintree

Good To Soft

JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £140325
  • 3m 0f 149y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2-2P40 D BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Now a 12yo and can't keep going forever; has run just once this season, when soundly beaten in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month, but that same 2m5f contest was used as his prep outing prior to his 33-1 win in this race last season (soft); followed up Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Festival, with form figures reading 411201, and no surprise if he plays a leading role once more.

12/1

7th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Sire Du Berlais

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear throughout, detached from 2 out

11/2

7/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-PF21 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Landed back-to-back front-running wins in the Stayers' Hurdle (3m, soft/good to soft) when scoring at last month's Cheltenham Festival; now has his first run here but he's also highly effective away from Cheltenham and he'll be fine if good ground prevails; should be tough to beat.

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5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.

3/1

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead early, led clearly after 6th

9/4

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 2P-124 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Beat Thyme Hill to win Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December; hasn't matched that form at Cheltenham the next twice, most recently 4l fourth to Flooring Porter in the Stayers' Hurdle (3m, soft), but he travelled well into the straight last time and today's less demanding track could be in his favour; won C&D Grade 1 on sole course visit; not ruled out.

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3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Champ

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

Veteran; smart in his prime but his two efforts this term fall well short of his peak form; beaten twice in this race (third in 2022, fifth in 2023) and is unlikely to make it third time lucky unless first-time headgear has a significant effect.

25/1

5th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Champ

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd

11/2

Form: 3-414P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

third last year

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0

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Thomas Darby

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Olly Murphy

Made his name over hurdles but he's 2-6 over fences and 3m on soft ground is right up his alley; it was quite comfortable when he accounted for Mill Green and Aye Right over C&D in November and a 4lb rise is not the end of the world; he's not your typical veteran chaser being so lightly raced in this discipline.

8/1

1st

2

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Thomas Darby

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, led 4th

5/1

Form: 21-522 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

won this last year

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4th

6

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 1

14:25 Wetherby

Thyme Hill

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, ridden 3 out, no extra approaching last

7/4

4th

5

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:00 Sandown

Thyme Hill

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

High-class staying hurdler who took well to fences towards end of last year, notably when winning Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) on Boxing Day; disappointed at Cheltenham last month (reportedly lost his jumping confidence) but has very good chance at the weights on today's return to hurdling and is versatile regarding ground.

5/2

8th

10

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 80y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Thyme Hill

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

High-class staying hurdler whose belated switch to fences kicked up a gear in first-time cheekpieces last time when landing Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day (3m, soft); plenty of his rivals fluffed their lines that day and he needs to back up the performance jumping-wise (has been hesitant on occasions) but his ability cannot be doubted.

8/1

Form: 650317 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

10yo who won a C&D handicap on his stable debut in November; returned from a break with respectable seventh at 100-1 in last month's Stayers' Hurdle, but it's hard to envisage him reversing the form with those who beat him.

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6th

6

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 120y

13:57 Punchestown

Koshari

11st 6lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: D M Christie

towards rear

10/1

6th

4

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Koshari

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Moore

T: D M Christie

10yo who won a C&D handicap on his stable debut in November; returned from a break with respectable seventh at 100-1 in last month's Stayers' Hurdle, but it's hard to envisage him reversing the form with those who beat him.

20/1

7th

5

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Koshari

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Moore

T: D M Christie

10yo who is lightly raced for his age and had a fine 2021, notably with handicap wins at the Punchestown festival (2m4f, good to yielding) for Willie Mullins and in first-time cheekpieces (retained) on his stable debut at Aintree (3m, good to soft) in November; likely to be outclassed today, however.

66/1

Form: 134751

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Eight wins in France (one over hurdles), including three Graded chases; won over fences at Down Royal last month on his second start for Patrick Griffin but this 10yo very much up against it in today's company; fourth reserve for the Grand National.

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9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Roi Mage

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

led, prominent when headed after 4th, pressed leader 10th, outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching last, went second run-in, stayed on

13/2

6th

7

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 170y

14:15 Tramore

Roi Mage

11st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

in rear throughout

12/1

Form: 3-151P D BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Skelton-trained mare Roksana has gone close in the last two runnings

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0

2

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has got herself well handicapped and, after running well for a long way on her return at Chepstow, she found only one too good in the new cheekpieces at Wetherby (2m3f); getting away from heavy ground (both runs this season) won't do her any harm; solid chance.

4/1

2nd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:19 Wetherby

Molly Ollys Wishes

12st 1lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: U37323

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Ran a fine race from the front when third under a big weight in the Coral Cup Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival (2m5f, soft); stays 3m and is also effective on yielding ground (unraced on good); may make a bold bid but will need some of these to underperform if he's to reward each-way backers.

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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

5th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Ashdale Bob

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, prominent after 7th, led narrowly before 2 out, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £440.00
Straight Forecast £388.20
Tricast £877.90
Trifecta £1518.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Flooring Porter

POSTDATA:

Thyme Hill

LAMBOURN:

Champ

RP Ratings:

Flooring Porter

TOPSPEED:

Flooring Porter

Telegraph:

Flooring Porter

Daily Express:

Flooring Porter

Daily Mirror:

Flooring Porter

The Star:

Flooring Porter

Daily Record:

Flooring Porter

WEST COUNTRY:

Thyme Hill

The Guardian:

Thyme Hill

Daily Mail:

Thyme Hill

The Sun:

Thyme Hill

The Times:

Champ